Submitted by Margot Krasojevic, Solar Vineyard Chapel is a conceptual project located on wine estate, Franschhoek South Africa to be exact. The building would utilize the same solar panel technology used on the farm to cover the expanding this wedding chapel’s roof structure.
The vertiginous slopes of the mountains that surround this architecture are reflected in the beton brut primary structure off where the concentrator Fresnel lenses, solar panels, and holographic filters are suspended. The concentrator photovoltaics arrangement uses an angular configuration similar to that of a butterfly’s wing receiving more exposure to solar rays affording maximum efficiency for electrical output. The frame expands and contracts enabling a further rearrangement of this concentrator photovoltaic cluster, while concentrator lenses use fewer solar cells to harness solar energy, they are programmed to follow the sun in tandem as it moves across the sky taking full advantage of available sunlight. The sliding steel frames onto which they are supported allow for more movement and maximum exposure.
Designer : Margot Krasojevic
The main problem of this chapel is how to cool the concentrator photovoltaics because high concentration ratios can cause a heat problem. When a solar radiation is concentrated, there’s a rise in the amount of heat produced that can reduce cell efficiencies, cause higher temperatures, and threaten long-term stability of the solar cells. In order to keep these solar cells cool, the system is completed with sophisticated heat sync cooling technology, in this case, the vineyards irrigation system.
This Solar Vineyard Chapel is located within the vineyard amongst an array of existing solar screens, thus, with the help from holographic panels, it can concentrate and intensify the solar energy to be stored and accessed when needed.
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